Back-to-back errors on sacrifice bunts allowed Clinton to tie the game in the fifth inning, then Daniel Paolini delivered a two-run home run one out later to put the LumberKings ahead to stay as they defeated Kane County 10-4 in Midwest League baseball Wednesday night.
The LumberKings maintained a three-game lead in the Western Division standings as they overcame a 3-0 deficit.
A home run by Michael Antonio started a three-run second inning for the Cougars, and Chris Elder added a two-run double later in the inning. Clinton pitchers didn’t allow another run until the bottom of the ninth inning, however.
Clinton got one run back in the fourth when Paolini singled with one out, moved to second when Kevin Rivers walked with two outs and scored on a double down the left-field line by Jabari Blash.
The LumberKings did even more damage in the following inning, although Kane County’s sloppy fielding also helped.
Guillermo Pimentel led off with a double. Anthony Phillips sacrificed him to third, and Pimentel scored and Phillips reached second base when losing pitcher Angel Baez (6-5) made a throwing error on the play. Baez repeated the mistake on the next play, a bunt by Dillon Hazlett, and Phillips came around to score the tying run.
Jamal Austin struck out, but Paolini followed with his 10th home run of the year, putting Clinton on top 5-3 and ending the night for Baez.
Clinton put the game away in the sixth, scoring five more runs.
Hazlett drove in a run with a groundout, Austin singled in a run, Ramon Morla hit a two-run double and Rivers followed with an RBI double.
Jordan Pries picked up the win for Clinton, allowing six hits and three runs in five innings.
The two teams continue the series with a 6:30 p.m. game today.